January 7th, 2009
02:02 PM ET
13 years ago

Congressional Black Caucus says Burris should be seated

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/07/art.getty.barbara.lee.jpg caption=" CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee told reporters the caucus will put out a statement informing the Senate of their decision to support Roland Burris."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Congressional Black Caucus just finished meeting and voted unanimously to support Roland Burris.

Rep Barbara Lee, D-California, CBC Chairwoman told reporters the caucus will put out a statement soon and inform the Senate of its decision.

soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. obama-mama

    Empty suit uh uh has an empty brain

    January 7, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Bryan

    Burris shouldn't have even accepted the appointment out of principle. Legally, yes, he is entitled to the senate seat but with so much scandal surrounding Blago Burris should have known better. Now it just looks like Burris is only concerned with his political advancement. He's supposedly appauled by what Blago is accused of but not appauled enough to refuse the senate seat.

    January 7, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. David

    Wake the hell up people!!!
    This does NOT have anything to do with race. Stop playing the race card every single time a black person is within shouting distance. It is ridiculous and is only adding fuel.

    This is about Blago and his corruption. how can they possibly accept a nominee from a guy who tried to sell the seat to the highest bidder?

    The people of Illinois should stand up and shout from the top of their lungs that he is not their representative and DEMAND a vote.

    January 7, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Lilli

    TCM pleeez!! The Black Caucus voted for Pres. Clinton.....and yes, 100%!! In your world, is former Pres Clinton white or black???

    And Pres-Elect Obama NEVER played the race card but the Media did!

    January 7, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Matt

    Congratulations on making it about race instead of the legal realities of the situation. Kudos for changing the subject.

    January 7, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    What, other than race, could possibly be their rationale for this? This is not about supporting another black man. It's about doing what's right, and seating him is not what's right.

    January 7, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Matt

    Taking a page out of Sharpton's book: make it about race instead of the real underlying issue (the law) and nobody can say boo.

    January 7, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Ghost

    Yeah, I have lost alot of respect for the CBC. This was one issue that they could've been silent on.

    However, I see some black folk on here with issues with Burress. the man hasn't done much except be rather ambitious. What the CBC MIGHT be looking at is how Reid didn't seem to like any of the candidates, who all happened to be black.

    The point here is that it seems that the Dems have no real leg(al) to stand on.

    January 7, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. ran

    This is the only way Burris will ever get to be any US Representative of the great state of IL. Ever time he has run for a national office he has lost and will again in 2010. The great people of IL do not want him representing them. He does not get it nor does the Gov.

    January 7, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Bryan

    This is not a racial issue. This has nothing to do with race and to suggest so is ridiculous. There are no black senators or latino senators but you can't necessarily blame that all on racism either; even though racism is alive and well in America. The Black Caucus needs to stop making a mountain out of a mole hill and pulling the race card. Its divisive and does nothing for race relations. We blacks shouldn't get things because we are black. Obama proved that you can be black and appeal to more than just blacks if you have the credentials. Everytime a black person is denied something, some ambitious "civil rights leader" or spokes person for the black community calls it race and fuels the fires of mistrust between the races. Burris was either stupid or incredibly naive for accepting the job in the first place. He knew the climate surrounding the illinois governor so race has nothing to do with it.

    January 7, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Jackie

    I'm Black and have to argee with Mike. I think race is too much of an issue in US politics. If it's not Hispanic, it's Black, it's this and that. Also, CNN places toooooo much focus on race in its reporting. Please unite the country and divide. Racism is a reality and will not go away, but please, just deal with people's credentials and get the job done!

    January 7, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Ray

    I need a goverment bail out for $35.037.59. do you think this is possible??

    January 7, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Tired of Whining Liberals!

    Wonderful job of turning this into a black vs white issue. It's all about right vs wrong. Trustworthy vs corrupt.

    I'm so very tired of the race card being used everywhere I turn. A year ago, I didn't care what color someone was – now, it's ALL I hear.

    Gotta love how the NEGATIVE CHANGE is affecting right and wrong.

    Soon, I'll be wrong for even breathing – I'm a white, widowed, Catholic woman who's never taken a dime from the government, oh, and I'm under 40.

    January 7, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Matt

    @ Ghost

    Like it or not, the Dems went by the book. Once Burris gets his court order forcing White to sign and White signs, they will have to seat him or legitimately be characterized as doing something wrong. As of now, they've done nothing wrong.

    January 7, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Paul Denman

    If Burriss was white, how would the Black Caucus have voted. Or, would they have bothered to vote

    January 7, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Chicago GOP

    Of course they feel that he should be seated. They are attempting to turn a non-racially motivated issue into a racial problem

    January 7, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. daniel cabrera

    Bah! if all goes as I expect, Al Franken will get the place, for he is using the SAME PRACTICE AS OBAMA DID FOR WIINNIG ELECTIONS,..FRAUD,CORRUPTION, MORE FRAUD AND MORE CORRUPTION,…etc, and others goodies

    Quite frankly, lately, America sucks!,…WE HAVE TO GO BACK TO DECENCY,….STILL HOPE!

    Oh!, and about Mr Burris?

    Well, the good man should be inside, since 'BY TECHNICALITY OF LAW' all is alright.

    However Reid fundaments his 'NO', on the basis of the apointee is coming 'tainted'.
    Ok, is understandable, 'tainted' is the comon denominator for CHICAGO-CORRUPTED POLITICAL SPECTRUM.

    So, by that line of reasoning, people from there are not to be accepted.But here is the dilema, Obama IS PRODUCT OF THAT CORRUPTED POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE, AND YET, YOU COCOZOIDS, WACKADOOS AND GOOFBALLS DEMOCRATS ARE ACCEPTING HIM FOR PRESIDENCY.

    So, where the blazes are your brains(if any)?

    Is a MASTER MYSTERY, LIFE LATELY .
    Ok, take it from there.
    sincerely,
    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville, Indiana

    January 7, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. JWMII

    So, while I am ashamed of all the white people on this board for using this board as a scape goat to spout their true feeling about black people, I am honestly not surprised. It is funny when you see people type messages suggesting the idea of the "CBC" is inherently racist...clearly they are ignoring the reason for its creation (in the first place)

    Despite the antics, I must say, as a YOUNGER educated black male (mid 20's), that I too do not agree with Buress' attempt to politicize this issue. I am also surprised that the CBC unanimously voted to support his pseudo-campaign to take this seat "by any means necessary" (lol...sorry...I get cynical sometimes). It makes me wonder if there are members of the CBC who do not truly believe he deserves the seat and just lack the backbone necessary to stand up to the older (and often very archaic black members of congress)...or rather...if all the members of the CBC maintain that myopic a perspective of what they deem is fair politics. This should neither be about getting whatever we can take nor about this process being ok b/c Buress is black. Clearly, if he was white the CBC would not stand unanimously in support of him (heck...the rhetorical question of the century should be would they support another candidate under the same conditions if he was not black).

    Sometimes, we, as black people (and especially our representatives) need to take a look in the mirror and not only reflect on how far we have come, but notice that we are engaging in the same kind of historical politics that we supposedly abhor.

    I guess, for now, my only hope is for Barack to be boisterous in his opposition to this senate choice....clearly Burress, who everyone can tell is savoring at the mouth b/c he can smell the ambrosia, is willing to compromise his moral...b/c technically "he has done nothing wrong"...LOL!

    January 7, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Tim

    As Gomer Pile said, Surprise, Surprise.

    Did they add in any of the disgusting rhetoric that Bobby Rush spouted out?

    January 7, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. RH

    Why is a black caucus even tolerated? Oh, right...

    January 7, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Tim

    Obama inititally voted against it, now he is just voting present.

    January 7, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  22. Bobby Rush

    As long as he sits in the back.

    January 7, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. Fran

    Burris was appointed by the Governor therefore it was legal and he therefore should be seated. We seem to forget that in America one is innocent untill proven guilty. The Governor, although charged has not been convicted of the crime upon which he has been charged and is currently STILL the GOVERNOR. The Black Caucus has nothing to do with it.

    January 7, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Matt

    @ Empty People

    Actually, just to be clear, Feinstein has been dead wrong. She cannot simultaneously argue that Blago technically has the authority to appoint Burris while ignoring the FACT that the Sec. of the Senate technically had no authority to accept the appointment without White;s signature. She's trying to have it both ways because she's a rabble-rousing moron who is angry about not getting the appointment to which she felt entitled.

    January 7, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. JWMII

    So, while I am ashamed of all the white people on this board for using this board as a scape goat to spout their true feeling about black people, I am honestly not surprised. It is funny when you see people type messages suggesting the idea of the "CBC" is inherently racist…clearly they are ignoring the reason for its creation (in the first place)

    Despite the antics, I must say, as a YOUNGER educated black male (mid 20's), that I too do not agree with Buress' attempt to politicize this issue. I am also surprised that the CBC unanimously voted to support his pseudo-campaign to take this seat "by any means necessary" (lol…sorry…I get cynical sometimes). It makes me wonder if there are members of the CBC who do not truly believe he deserves the seat and just lack the backbone necessary to stand up to the older (and often very archaic) black members of congress…or rather…if all the members of the CBC maintain that myopic a perspective of what they deem is fair politics. This should neither be about getting whatever we can take nor about this process being ok b/c Buress is black. Clearly, if he was white the CBC would not stand unanimously in support of him (heck…the rhetorical question of the century should be would they support another candidate under the same conditions if he was not black).

    Sometimes, we, as black people (and especially our representatives) need to take a look in the mirror and not only reflect on how far we have come, but notice that we are engaging in the same kind of historical politics that we supposedly abhor.

    I guess, for now, my only hope is for Barack to be boisterous in his opposition to this senate choice….clearly Burress, who everyone can tell is savoring at the mouth b/c he can smell the ambrosia, is willing to compromise his morals…b/c technically "he has done nothing wrong"…LOL!

    January 7, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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